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Getting closer...
Posted by: HoboSylvain | 2013-04-06 20:01:17 | Lachine, Quebec, Canada
Keywords: finances, health, Itinerary, preparation
Getting rid of belongings, saving up for the trip, getting health all checked-up, planing global route and each stop... those are items on the preparation checklist. Most of them are completed as I'm about two months from departure. I've also made a first draft at my luggage contents.

I've resumed my selling on eBay and through local classifieds.  That yielded some extra cash to pay for my new rugged compact camera.  In the last month, my savings were down a bit... but that's due to many important expenses towards my trip.  Most of these expenses were health-related with vaccines, dental check-up and travel insurance.  I've listed all the health concerns and expenses this Health preparations before departure blog entry.

I still have lots of local info to research for various cities I'll stop by... but planning is going well nonetheless.   Although I'm a careful planner opened to improvise, I know very well I can't plan everything ahead.  That concept frightens me a bit... just as the idea of not having any "home" to return to after the hiatus.  In those times when I feel fear grow on me, I take a deep breath and I tell myself I'll be leaving for one year... and see what I'll do then.

One thing I did today was to prepare my luggage... as if I was leaving tomorrow.  I packed everything on my list... and it fits! :-)  I know I will redo my packing a few times before I leave, making changes to the list, removing stuff, adding some more.  But for the time being, here's my packing list:

  • laptop with charger
  • camera tripod
  • wireless mouse, compact camera and USB cables
  • Toilet bag with regular daily stuff (toothbrush, Tylenol, etc.)
  • Toilet bag with first-aid kit (bandages, ointment, etc)
  • 3 sets of clothes: jeans, shorts, undies, socks, t-shirts
  • A small binder with paper version of some documents and itinerary.
That fits all in my wheel luggage (which can also be carried as a backpack).  Leaving my day pack empty.  On the side, I'll have my camera bag.

In addition to the planning, I still have a few pages to do on my Web site to allow you to track me more easily... but that should be completed before departure. 

Departure date is June 15. 

That's like a million years away in anticipation... and a millionth of a second with what I have left to do to feel completely ready.  I'm on the side of the Grand Canyon... about to jump off the cliff... it's exhilarating and stressful at the same time.

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Itinerary and finances
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Two months on the road

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